The Police Service Commission has warned all police officers on escort duty with Very Important Persons (VIPs) to stop carrying their handbags and umbrellas as such practice is an insult to the Nigeria Police Force.
“You will all agree with me that this issue of policemen carrying handbags and umbrellas for VIPs has generated much uproar and even condemnation as it is capable of eroding the esteem of members of the NPF,” notes Mike Okiro, Chairman of the commission, at a press conference in Abuja.
“To stem the tide, we have worked out a blueprint of the class of VIPs that should enjoy the privilege of attaching police officers to provide VIP protection with their specific duties clearly spelt out. The matter is awaiting the consent of the relevant authorities before we can start its implementation.”
Henceforth, the PSC would arrest police operatives on illegal escort duty and would soon deploy officers to airports and the highways to apprehend errant policemen.
According Chief Okiro, any policeman caught doing domestic chores would be sanctioned.